Early Sunday morning, Jackie MacMullan turned the NBA world upside down when she broke the news that Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo wants out of Boston. For the last 72 hours, sports writers accross the country have been predicting where Rondo will land, and which destinination is the best fit. After analyzing the trade assets and financial situations for all thirty teams in the League, I have come to this conclusion: an Eric Bledsoe sign and trade for Rajon Rondo is the best possible move for both teams.
Last season was Bledsoe's first as a starter, and he did not disappoint. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points per game, 5.5 assists per game, and 4.7 rebounds per game. He is only 24 years old, and after his spectacular season, he wanted to get paid. It is reported that Bledsoe's side wants a 5 year/80 million dollar contract. While Phoenix has stated that it will go no higher than 4 years/$48 million. The Celtics have plenty of cap room, making the trade work from a purely financial sense.
Phoenix was a team that only missed the playoffs by a couple of games, and they are looking to get over the hump this season. Adding Rondo's playoff expierience alone would impact those chances, but Rondo brings a lot more than experience to the table. Rondo fits in perfect with Phoenix's young, talented offense, and a budding defensive unit. If the Suns win in Rondo's first year with the team, it is likely that he will re-sign.
The 24 year old Bledsoe might be an even better fit with the Celtics young roster. Boston has a core of young players, and adding the young Bledsoe to the team allows the Celtics' core unit to grow and mold into the team that Brad Stevens wants them to be. If Danny Ainge can get his hands on Bledsoe, the rebuild may be over sooner than you think.